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COVID-19 & Vaccine Information.
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Schedule a COVID-19 Vaccine in Gardner and Fitchburg.
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Our Fitchburg-area COVID Testing is now located at 375 Nichols Road in Fitchburg. OUR TEST HOURS HAVE CHANGED. Testing is available on the following days: Monday AND Friday from 8:30am - 12pm and 1pm - 3pm.
Walk-ins only (no appointments), Open to the Public, Testing for exposure and symptomatic only. Follow the signs for testing.
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COVID testing in Gardner is reserved for CHC Patients only and will occur at our main Gardner facility at 175 Connors Street.
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Please click here for CHC’s completed and signed Reopen Attestation form.
All CHC locations will be CLOSED on Thursday and Friday, November 25 and 26, 2021 in observance of Thanksgiving.
In 2020, CHC served 29,200 patients through 118,854 in-person and telehealth visits.
(Accessible Comprehensive Treatment in Our Neighborhoods)
Operates in full dedication to comprehensive and integrated medical, dental, behavioral health, and substance use treatment services to those who are homeless and in unstable housing situations.
CHC has had a dedicated practice for the homeless and those in unstable housing for over ten (10) years which evolved from a mobile-based unit.* Due to the demand for health care services in the community, ACTION has had a permanent location at 130 Water Street for the past three years, which was selected due to its accessibility by public transportation and proximity to stores that can supply basic needs.
ACTION’s HUB program is open three days a week for three hours in the morning, offering showers, coffee, breakfast, and to-go bags of healthy snacks to anyone who needs the services. For the safety of our patients and staff due to COVID-19, ACTION is welcoming five (5) people per hour for these services.
For the past decade, ACTION has been developing and executing strategy around enhanced outreach needs for the Homeless/Public Housing population in Fitchburg and the surrounding area as well as for multicultural comprehensive health services. Our care teams go out to meet people where they are, whether it’s under bridges, in encampments, or anywhere else they hear someone is in need of health care support.
We bring supplies and care directly to individuals, and invest a great deal of time conversing with people to best assess basic needs and care as well as start building trust. Many members of our care teams have been with CHC for years and/or are from this area, which helps strengthen our comradery with the community and makes us ever-mindful of offering empathy, understanding, and cultural connection for our patient populations.
Once individuals get to know CHC and our care teams and decide to become patients, they are welcomed as they are. Their treatment begins with understanding a patient’s needs on a holistic level. It is this practice of cultural humility that allows the experienced team of care providers at CHC’s ACTION site to see a patient, assess and appreciate their life circumstances, and work with the patient to provide care of physical, emotional, and basic needs to progress overall care and wellbeing. No one is turned away.